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Title: Increased ω6-Containing Phospholipids and Primary ω6 Oxidation Products in the Brain Tissue of Rats on an ω3-Deficient Diet.

Authors: Axelsen, Paul H; Murphy, Robert C; Igarashi, Miki; Rapoport, Stanley I

Published In PLoS One, (2016)

Abstract: Polyunsaturated fatty acyl (PUFA) chains in both the ω3 and ω6 series are essential for normal animal brain development, and cannot be interconverted to compensate for a dietary deficiency of one or the other. Paradoxically, a dietary ω3-PUFA deficiency leads to the accumulation of docosapentaenoate (DPA, 22:5ω6), an ω6-PUFA chain that is normally scarce in the brain. We applied a high-precision LC/MS method to characterize the distribution of DPA chains across phospholipid headgroup classes, the fatty acyl chains with which they were paired, and the extent to which they were oxidatively damaged in the cortical brain of rats on an ω3-deficient diet. Results indicate that dietary ω3-PUFA deficiency markedly increased the concentrations of phospholipids with DPA chains across all headgroup subclasses, including plasmalogen species. The concentrations of phospholipids containing docosahexaenoate chains (22:6ω3) decreased 20-25%, while the concentrations of phospholipids containing arachidonate chains (20:4ω6) did not change significantly. Although DPA chains are more saturated than DHA chains, a larger fraction of DPA chains were monohydroxylated, particularly among diacyl-phosphatidylethanolamines and plasmalogen phosphatidylethanolamines, suggesting that they were disproportionately subjected to oxidative stress. Differences in the pathological significance of ω3 and ω6 oxidation products suggest that greater oxidative damage among the ω6 PUFAs that increase in response to dietary ω3 deficiency may have pathological significance in Alzheimer's disease.

PubMed ID: 27788153 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Animals; Brain/drug effects; Brain/metabolism*; Diet*; Fatty Acids, Omega-3/metabolism*; Fatty Acids, Omega-3/pharmacology; Fatty Acids, Omega-6/chemistry; Fatty Acids, Omega-6/metabolism*; Male; Oxidation-Reduction; Oxidative Stress/drug effects; Phospholipids/chemistry*; Phospholipids/metabolism*; Rats

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